We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my business was through the struggle many are facing with the pandemic. I had plans to start a grooming salon in my home town but the construction has had its set backs. My husband was laid off in the spring of 2020 and my family was under a stressful outlook like so many others. I have had a successful mobile grooming business in the past and knew the safety measures I could put into place to make it work under COVID. While the thought of opening a business during a pandemic was slightly daunting the obstacles to come for my family were worse. I did what I needed.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I feel my business is special because of the expertise, experience, pride and love I have for dogs. In 2006 I began working as a dog bather, I then attended dog grooming academy. After academy I had to complete 100 grooms within specific breed standards. From there I was promoted to manager of a salon with about 10 employees, this taught me many different skills and life lessons. I not only had to complete my daily grooming but I had to become well versed in customer service, conflict resolution, and every aspect of business. After a while I decided to open my own business. I researched mobile grooming because I felt there was a need for it in the location I was at. This was a new lesson in learning to juggle family and business. Sometimes I failed at one or the other, and there were a few times I failed at both. Being a working mother, and woman owned business was extremely rewarding and challenging. After extensive shoulder surgery 3 years into my business venture, my family and I decided to sell the business and move to the front range. I completed my college degree, I had my 3rd child and then when the pandemic happened I took another leap and opened another mobile grooming business. This time I feel more confident in not only my grooming skills but, in business as well. There’s time managing a house full of responsibilities and a business have its challenges but through the years my failures have helped me to improve and learn. Dogs have always been a love of mine and grooming has always been something I enjoy. The fact that I can provide for my family with a business built off of my expertise, experience and love of dog is amazing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think going to Estes park and the Rocky Mountain national park is always my go to spot and you can never go wrong with a Colorado Rockies game or Colorado Avalanche game depending on the time of year. Colorado has some of the most beautiful places to hike and watch sports.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I want to thank God, I feel that through him I have made it this far and I’m extremely blessed and humbled. I want to thank my husband and 3 amazing kids because if not for the drive to provide them the very best in life, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to start a new business in a new place during a rare and difficult time for not only for my family but around the world. I want to thank my dad, his guidance, wisdom and encouragement, although difficult to hear at times is something I am extremely grateful for.
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